Robert Benchley quote on the genius ways we avoid work

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How to Get Things Done – One Week in the Life of a Writing Man. – Robert Benchley. The Chicago Tribune February 2, 1930.

“Anyone Can Do Any Amount of Work, Provided It Isn’t the Work He Is Supposed To Be Doing At That Moment.” – Robert Benchley

Robert Benchley was an American humorist (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) most noted as a newspaper and magazine columnist for publications like The New Yorker.

In a 1930 article appearing in The Chicago Tribune, Benchley wrote a piece with a title seemingly ripped from today’s productivity-obsessed headlines, “How to Get Things Done – One Week in the Life of a Writing Man.”

It was in this article that one of Benchley’s more popular quotes first appeared, a quote that is the sole purpose of this post. Well, the actual purpose I have for publishing this quote is to illustrate my own genius in avoiding the work I am supposed to be doing at this very moment.

~ julian

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